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The Best Magic Kingdom Rides & Attractions

Plan your day at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom using my guide to the best Magic Kingdom rides and attractions. 

As “best” can be subjective, I’ve also included a full list of all the rides and attractions available at the end of the post. 

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

Photo of The Park Pixie riding Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin at Magic Kingdom.

This is one of my favorite rides at Magic Kingdom – Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. 

It’s like a ride and a game all in one and it’s so much fun!

The ride takes you through several rooms where you use your astro blaster gun to score points by shooting at targets. 

If you love a little competition, you’ll love this ride as much as I do!

Similar versions of Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin are available at Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, Shanghai Disneyland, and Tokyo Disneyland. 

It also used to be available at Hong Kong Disneyland, but closed in 2017. It was replaced by a Marvel-themed ride, Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle.

Important information about Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

  • Location: Tomorrowland
  • Height requirement: All heights welcome
  • Genie+: Yes, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin is included in Genie+.
  • Individual Lightning Lane: No, you cannot purchase an individual lightning lane pass for Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin.
  • Ride photo: Yes, there is a ride photo taken at Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin.
  • Single rider line: No, there isn’t a single rider line at Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin.
  • Duration: About 5 minutes

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

This fun, family-friendly roller coaster takes riders on a twisty, turney journey through a diamond mine. 

The theming is spot-on for its lovable, classic characters, with brilliant-colored gems, animatronic figures, and the song Heigh-Ho playing in the background.

Photo of Dopey holding a hoe and bucket full of jewels outside the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster at Magic Kingdom.
Photo by Gregg Newton, courtesy of Disney Parks.

A similar version of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is available at Shanghai Disneyland.

Important information about Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

  • Location: Fantasyland
  • Height requirement: Riders must be at least 38 inches or taller to ride Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
  • Genie+: No, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is not included in Genie+.
  • Individual Lightning Lane: Yes, you can purchase an individual lightning lane pass for this ride.
  • Ride photo: Yes, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train has a ride photo, as well as a video. 
  • Single rider line: No, there isn’t a single rider line for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
  • Duration: Just under 3 minutes.

Space Mountain

Of all the roller coasters at Magic Kingdom, Space Mountain is my favorite. 

This roller coaster takes you through twists and turns in the complete dark. 

You never know what’s coming next since you can’t see a thing, so you can’t psych yourself out and you end up fully experiencing the ride as it’s meant to be. 

I always walk off this ride with happy tears in my eyes from laughing so much!!

Similar versions of Space Mountain are available at Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Tokyo Disneyland.

Important information about Space Mountain

  • Location: Tomorrowland
  • Height requirement: Riders must be at least 44 inches or taller to ride Space Mountain.
  • Genie+: Space Mountain will only be available with Genie+ until August 7, 2022.
  • Individual Lightning Lane: Magic Kingdom will make this ride available for an individual lightning lane pass after August 7, 2022.
  • Ride photo: Yes, a ride photo is taken on Space Mountain.
  • Single rider line: No, there isn’t a single rider line on Space Mountain.
  • Duration: 2.5 minutes

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

This roller coaster takes riders through a haunted gold mine with lots of twists, turns, and hills. 

Photo of people riding the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster at Magic Kingdom.

The only thing this roller coaster is missing is a ride photo to capture everyone’s smiling faces!

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is also available at Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and Tokyo Disneyland.

Important information about Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

  • Location: Frontierland
  • Height requirement: Riders must be 40 inches or taller to ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
  • Genie+: Yes, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is included in Genie+.
  • Individual Lightning Lane: No, you cannot purchase an individual lightning lane pass for this ride.
  • Ride photo: No, there isn’t a ride photo for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
  • Single rider line: No, there isn’t a single rider line for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
  • Duration: 3 minutes

Splash Mountain

Splash Mountain is about to undergo a major redesign featuring Tiana and friends from The Princess & the Frog at Magic Kingdom and Disneyland. 

I am so thrilled to see this movie featured better in the parks and for the outdated and, frankly, racist theming that exists today get ripped out. 

Artist Rendering of the Splash Mountain makeover featuring characters from Princess & the Frog, such as Princess Tiana.
Photo courtesy of Disney.

The ride itself is pretty simple, but lots of fun – especially on a hot day. 

After riding through a character-themed river, you plunge down a 52.5 foot waterfall at 45 mph and get SOAKING wet. 

It’s a fun way to cool off, though you might not want to ride it unless you’re about to head back to your hotel for a break since you’re pretty much guaranteed to get wet!

Splash Mountain is also available at Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland.

Important information about Splash Mountain

  • Location: Frontierland
  • Height requirement: Riders must be at least 40 inches or taller to ride Splash Mountain.
  • Genie+: Yes, Space Mountain is available with Genie+.
  • Individual Lightning Lane: No, you cannot purchase an individual lightning lane pass for this ride.
  • Ride photo: Yes, there is a ride photo for Splash Mountain.
  • Single rider line: No, there isn’t a single rider line for Splash Mountain.
  • Duration: Just under 12 minutes

Pirates of the Caribbean

Another cult-favorite ride at Magic Kingdom is Pirates of the Caribbean. 

Photo of a scene in Pirates of the Caribbean with 3 pirates in a jail trying to get keys from a dog holding them in his mouth.
Photo courtesy of Disney Parks.

On this ride, guests board a boat that takes you through hilarious pirate-themed scenes, featuring Disney’s favorite pirate, Jack Sparrow.

Similar versions of Pirates of the Caribbean are also available at Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, Shanghai Disneyland, and Tokyo Disneyland.

Important information about Pirates of the Caribbean

  • Location: Adventureland
  • Height requirement: All heights welcome.
  • Genie+: Yes, Pirates of the Caribbean is available with Genie+.
  • Individual Lightning Lane: No, you cannot purchase an individual lightning lane pass for this ride.
  • Ride photo: Yes, there is a ride photo for Pirates of the Caribbean.
  • Single rider line: No, there isn’t a single rider line for Pirates of the Caribbean.
  • Duration: 8.5 minutes

Haunted Mansion

This cult-favorite ride makes the list thanks to its spectacular theming. 

The ride itself is pretty simple and similar to other ride-throughs, like Under the Sea~Journey of the Little Mermaid. But the special attention to detail on Haunted Mansion is just top-notch. 

From the waiting line all the way through to the end, you’ll feel fully immersed in a spooky, haunted mansion. 

And as one might expect, it’s even more fun during Halloween time as there is usually a special PhotoPass opportunity outside the ride exit.

Haunted Mansion is also available at Disneyland (the original, slightly shorter ride), Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Tokyo Disneyland.

Important information about Haunted Mansion

  • Location: Liberty Square
  • Height requirement: All heights welcome
  • Genie+: Yes, Space Mountain is available with Genie+.
  • Individual Lightning Lane: No, you cannot purchase an individual lightning lane pass for this ride.
  • Ride photo: Yes, there is a ride photo for Haunted Mansion featuring hitchhiking ghosts!
  • Single rider line: No, there isn’t a single rider line for Haunted Mansion.

Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

For many years, I just did NOT get why people thought this ride was so special. I had memories of riding it when I was a kid back in the 90s and being SO bored. 

And then one day, my family and I randomly decided to hop on because there was no wait.

Happily Ever After was about to start, but my niece was going through a no-fireworks phase, so we hopped on as none of us wanted to leave the park yet.  

We ended up getting spectacular views of the fireworks over Cinderella’s Castle. I’ve been hooked on this ride ever since!

Photo of Stitch riding the PeopleMover ride at Magic Kingdom.
Photo by David Roark, courtesy of Disney Parks.

If you’ve seen Happily Ever After before, I definitely recommend hopping on the People Mover during the show for a new experience.

If you’re only in Magic Kingdom during the day, you can get cool photos of the park from an aerial view. 

So basically, there’s no wrong time to ride the PeopleMover!

Important information about PeopleMover

  • Location: Tomorrowland
  • Height requirement: All heights welcome
  • Genie+: No, PeopleMover is not available with Genie+.
  • Individual Lightning Lane: No, you cannot purchase an individual lightning lane pass for this ride.
  • Ride photo: No, there isn’t a ride photo for PeopleMover.
  • Single rider line: No, there isn’t a single rider line for PeopleMover.
  • Duration: 10 minutes

Enchanted Tales with Belle

This attraction is actually a show, but since it’s available multiple times throughout the day, I’ve included it in this list of the best Magic Kingdom rides and attractions.

In this show, the story of Beauty & the Beast is retold with select audience members chosen to play characters alongside Belle. 

It’s creative and fun, and bound to be a long-lasting memory for anyone who volunteers to play a part in the show. I highly recommend seeing it at least once!

Important information about Enchanted Tales with Belle

  • Location: Fantasyland
  • Genie+: No, Enchanted Tales with Belle is not available with Genie+.
  • Individual Lightning Lane: No, you cannot purchase an individual lightning lane pass for this attraction.
  • Ride photo: Yes – photos are taken at this show, both of the show itself. You can usually have your photo taken with Belle, as well.
  • Duration: Roughly 20 minutes

Mad Tea Party

This is a simple, but classic ride at Magic Kingdom. Mad Tea Party features swirling saucers that guests can control the spinning speed, while the ride itself spins in a circle. 

Photo of singer Becky G riding Mad Tea Party ride at Magic Kingdom with Alice in the background.
Photo by Matt Stroshane, courtesy of Disney Parks.

I might be a bit biased on this one, as I have a lot of good memories riding it with my niece. The first time she rode Mad Tea Party, all she could talk about was seeing a ride like this on Spongebob Squarepants. How un-Disney of her!

This Alice in Wonderland-themed attraction is also available at Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Tokyo Disneyland.

Important information about Mad Tea Party

  • Location: Fantasyland
  • Height requirement: All heights welcome
  • Genie+: Yes, Mad Tea Party is available with Genie+.
  • Individual Lightning Lane: No, you cannot purchase an individual lightning lane pass for this ride.
  • Ride photo: No, there isn’t a ride photo for Mad Tea Party.
  • Single rider line: No, there isn’t a single rider line for Mad Tea Party. 

Mickey’s PhilharMagic

Last but not least is Mickey’s PhilharMagic, a fun 4D film starring Donald Duck in Mickey’s iconic Fantasia role. 

Throughout this short film, you’ll hear many of your favorite Disney songs, like Be Our Guest from Beauty & the Beast and Part of Your World from The Little Mermaid.

Mickey’s PhilharMagic is also available at Disney California Adventure, Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Tokyo Disneyland.

Important information about Mickey’s PhilharMagic

  • Location: Fantasyland
  • Genie+: Yes, Mickey’s PhilHarMagic is available with Genie+.
  • Individual Lightning Lane: No, you cannot purchase an individual lightning lane pass for this ride.
  • Duration: 12 minutes

Lightning Lanes & Genie+ at Magic Kingdom

Not all rides and attractions are available with Genie+ or individual lightning lanes at Magic Kingdom. Check out the table below for a list of rides that come with Genie+ at Magic Kingdom, as well as which rides have individual lightning lane passes for sale.

Rides & AttractionsGenie+?Individual Lightning Lane Pass?
Big Thunder Mountain RailroadYesNo
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger SpinYesNo
Disney Festival of Fantasy ParadeYesNo
Dumbo the Flying ElephantYesNo
Haunted MansionYesNo
“it’s a small world”YesNo
Jungle CruiseYesNo
Mad Tea PartyYesNo
Mickey’s PhilHarMagicYesNo
Monsters, Inc. Laugh FloorYesNo
Peter Pan’s FlightYesNo
Pirates of the CaribbeanYesNo
See Mickey at Town Square TheaterYesNo
See Princess Tiana & a Visiting Princess at Princess Fairytale HallYesNo
See Cinderella & a Visiting Princess at Princess Fairytale HallYesNo
Seven Dwarfs Mine TrainNoYes
Space Mountain*Yes*No*
Splash MountainYesNo
The BarnstormerYesNo
The Magic Carpets of AladdinYesNo
The Many Adventures of Winnie the PoohYesNo
Tomorrowland SpeedwayYesNo
Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little MermaidYesNo

*Space Mountain is available with Genie+ until August 7, 2022. After, it will only be available as an individual Lightning Lane pass.

List of all Magic Kingdom rides and attractions

Below is a list of all Magic Kingdom rides and attractions, including character meet-and-greets, divided by general location. 

Shows and parades with limited showings per day are not included. 

Adventureland

Adventureland is all about adventure in the “great wide somewhere.” There’s a bit of a global element to it, which as an avid traveler, I love very much.

Closeup of the Swiss Family Treehouse attraction at Disney World.
Photo by Vernon Wentz, courtesy of Disney Parks.

Here are the rides and attractions in Adventureland:

  1. Jungle Cruise
  2. The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  3. Pirates of the Caribbean
  4. Swiss Family Treehouse
  5. Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room

Fantasyland

Fantasyland is all about classic Disney characters with lots of princesses, princes, and other well-known Disney characters.

Photo of the Flying Dumbo ride at Disney World.
Photo courtesy of Disney Parks.

Here are all of the rides and attractions in Fantasyland:

  1. The Barnstormer
  2. Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  3. Mad Tea Party
  4. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  5. Meet Ariel at Her Grotto
  6. Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  7. “It’s a Small World”
  8. Peter Pan’s Flight
  9. Prince Charming Regal Carousel
  10. Princess Fairytale Hall
    1. Meet Cinderella and Elena
    2. Meet Rapunzel and Tiana
  11. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  12. Under the Sea~Journey of the Little Mermaid

Frontierland

Welcome to the wild, wild west, where everything is country-fied.

Here are all of the rides in Frontierland:

  1. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  2. Country Bear Jamboree
  3. Splash Mountain
  4. Tom Sawyer Island

Liberty Square

Liberty Square has a vague American history theme. It’s more of a bypass between larger lands.

Photo of the Liberty Belle paddleboat ride all lit up at night, reflecting in the lake.
Photo by Kent Phillips, courtesy of Disney Parks.

Here are all of the rides in Liberty Square:

  1. The Hall of Presidents
  2. Haunted Mansion
  3. Liberty Square Riverboat

Main Street U.S.A.

The grand main entrance to Magic Kingdom is known as Main Street U.S.A. It’s mainly filled with gift shops and restaurants.

You can meet 2 well-known characters in Main Street U.S.A.:

  1. Meet Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater
  2. Meet Tinker Bell at Town Square Theater

Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland is all about space and the future. It’s really fun to see at night with all of its neon lights.

Photo of Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom at night with lots of neon lights lit up.
Photo by Kent Phillips, courtesy of Disney Parks.

Here are all of the rides in Tomorrowland:

  1. Astro Orbiter
  2. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  3. Space Mountain
  4. Tomorrowland Speedway
  5. Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
  6. Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
  7. COMING SOON: Tron Lightcycle Run roller coaster

What are your favorite Magic Kingdom rides and attractions?

I hope you found the information you needed about the best rides and attractions at Magic Kingdom.

And before you go, let me know which Magic Kingdom rides and attractions are your favorites in the comments section below.

For more tips on planning your days at Disney World, check out my posts about the best attractions and rides at the other theme parks:

  1. Best Attractions & Rides at Animal Kingdom
  2. Best Attractions & Rides at Epcot
  3. Best Attractions & Rides at Hollywood Studios
  4. The Best Roller Coasters at Disney World

This blog post was originally published on June 27, 2021. It was last updated on April 16, 2022.

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